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Food Scientist and Technologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of food scientists and technologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food scientists and technologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food scientists and technologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Food Scientist and Technologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,800
25th Percentile Wage
$49,060
50th Percentile Wage
$63,950
75th Percentile Wage
$87,800
90th Percentile Wage
$117,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food scientists and technologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food scientists and technologists is $117,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,800. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of food scientists and technologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201663,950-2.96%9.19%
201565,8406.62%-
201461,4803.01%-
201359,6302.62%-
201258,070--

Table 2. Food Scientist and Technologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food scientists and technologists in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food scientists and technologists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $80,610. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,610
Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$69,760
Wholesale Trade
$68,700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,410
Manufacturing
$59,050
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$58,290
Retail Trade
$53,130
Educational Services
$50,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Food Scientists and Technologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only food scientists and technologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of food scientists and technologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,760 to $78,530. The highest paying state for food scientists and technologists is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $78,530. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $36,760. For more salary information of food scientists and technologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$78,530
Minnesota
$75,660
Louisiana
$73,280
District of Columbia
$73,170
Arkansas
$72,640
New Jersey
$71,840
Washington
$70,560
Illinois
$69,980
Kentucky
$69,000
Vermont
$68,100
Arizona
$67,000
Nebraska
$66,810
Texas
$65,470
Missouri
$64,720
Maryland
$63,910
Oregon
$62,900
Kansas
$62,690
Wisconsin
$62,680
Ohio
$62,030
California
$61,410
Pennsylvania
$60,420
Iowa
$60,340
Oklahoma
$59,000
Virginia
$58,460
Idaho
$58,170
New York
$58,170
Georgia
$57,870
Colorado
$57,760
Indiana
$57,580
Michigan
$57,000
North Carolina
$56,980
South Dakota
$56,230
Tennessee
$55,860
Mississippi
$49,630
Utah
$48,320
Florida
$47,400
North Dakota
$43,680
South Carolina
$40,350
Puerto Rico
$36,760



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